"I felt like it was a little easier to get to that [higher intensity] point (Monday), whereas last time I was still trying to feel it out. I feel good," he said. "We'll see what the next step is, and I'll see how I feel tomorrow, and we'll go from there."
"You temper that past impression because of what he’s endured and the physical challenges that he’d had to overcome," Farrell said, per The Boston Globe. "What has stood out this spring is his timing at the plate. You would think it would have needed a greater number of at-bats to have the timing that he’s showing right now. That’s extremely encouraging.
"That’s the one thing that has stood out. Through our medical exam prior to signing him we felt he was a good bet and had every opportunity to get on the field and maintain that. Now to what level of games played, we don’t know that."
Despite Farrell's excitement, he continues to temper expectations.
"Everything has been very positive about him in camp. He’s also missed two years and we temper the excitement with that," Farrell said. "Even if he wasn’t coming off the number of challenges that he’s met physically, when you have a two-year gap if he came in with no restrictions you’d have to say, ‘OK, what is the likely number of games a player with this path could give us?’ We’ve got to keep all that in perspective."
"We're going to make sure when we put him there he's really comfortable and confident he can handle that side of the diamond," Renteria said, per ESPN. "I think he's pretty close. It's going to happen, sure."
Baez is expected to remain at shortstop when he begins the season at Triple-A Iowa. However, he could move to second or third base upon his MLB debut. Starlin Castro is blocking his path at shortstop at the major-league level.
"We talked about it today," Baez said. "They told me eventually I'm going to play third or second soon. That's what we're working on. I'm ready for whatever they want me to do. I'm feeling more comfortable there (at second.)"
Jason McLeod, the Cubs' senior vice president for scouting and player development, said the injury might delay Johnson's season debut at Double-A Tennessee by a week.
"It might be one skipped start,” McLeod said, "but it shouldn’t be a situation where he’s left back here in Arizona."
Johnson, a 2012 first-round pick, was 11-6 with a 2.74 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 23 appearances (21 starts) between two levels of Class A in 2013. He struck out 9.4 batters per nine innings.
Redmond had a 1-2-3 first inning before the Tigers jumped on him for two runs in the second inning. Both runs came on Don Kelly's two-out, two-run homer. Redmond was able to rebound, however, coming back to throw two more scoreless innings.
Redmond has a 7.00 ERA through nine spring innings. Unfortunately, he's been hurt by the long ball, yielding four home runs -- all coming in his last three outings.